Rex signed a minor league contract with an invitation to major league Spring Training, December 18, 2019 ... has gone 20-14 with 63 holds, 20 saves and a 3.79 ERA (112 ER/266.0 IP) in 314 major league outings with the Rockies (2011-15) and Braves (2017-18)...Spent last season in the Yankees organization on a minor league deal ... posted a 4.62 ERA (25 ER/48.2 IP) in 36 appearances between Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Single-A Staten Island...Rejoins the Cubs organization after being acquired by the club in November of 2015 ... began Spring Training with the club before being released, March 10, 2016...Posted a 2.82 ERA (55 ER/175.2 IP) in 195 outings from 2011-13 ... from 2012-14, his 221 appearances led all major league lefties...Originally selected by Colorado in the first round (34th overall) of the 2009 draft...Played three seasons at Lipscomb (Tenn.) University (2007-09) … named to the All Atlantic Sun First Team in 2009 after finishing second in NCAA with a school-record 132 strikeouts … helped Lipscomb to its first ever NCAA tournament appearance as a sophomore in 2008 … was named 2007 Atlantic Sun "Freshman of the Year" and earned Louisville Slugger All-Freshman honors...Graduated from Shelbyville Central (Tenn.) High School in 2006...Works with Heal Ministries, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers and provides resources to vulnerable, abandoned and widowed women in Uganda.
In his lone season in the Yankees organization, spent nearly the entire season with Triple-A Scranton/WilkesBarre...was 0-3 with a 4.93 ERA (25 ER/45.2 IP) in 34 relief outings at Triple-A...Missed time on the minor league injured list, June 27-July 26, with a left hip strain...appeared in two rehab games with Single-A Staten Island, tossing 3.0-scoreless innings...After returning from the injured list, allowed just one run in 15.1 innings across 12 relief outings.
Made the Braves' Opening Day roster but spent the majority of the season in the minors after walking both batters in his lone relief appearance for Atlanta on 3/29 vs. Philadelphia (0.0IP, 1ER)… was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on 3/31 and outrighted off the 40-man roster on 4/25… made a total of 43 relief appearances between Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi, posting a 5-5 record with one save and a 6.20 ERA (40.2IP, 33H, 30R/28ER, 44BB, 56K, 2HR)… in 32 outings with Gwinnett, went 2-4 with a 7.24 ERA (27.1IP, 26H, 23R/22ER, 33BB, 37K, 1HR)… was transferred to Mississippi on 7/21 and was 3-1 with a 4.05 ERA (13.1IP, 7H, 7R/6ER, 11BB, 19K, 1HR) in 11 relief appearances.
In his first season with the Braves organization, appeared in 27 games out of the bullpen with Atlanta, while also spending time with Triple-A Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi. ..Began the season on the minor league disabled list before joining Double-A Mississippi on 5/20…Appeared in 10 games before transferring to Triple-A Gwinnett on 6/18...Atlanta selected his contract from the G-Braves on 6/29…He made his Braves debut that evening with a scoreless inning at SD...Returned to the G-Braves on 8/21 before the Braves recalled him on 9/1 for the remainder of the season. ..Struck out 33 batters over 23.2 major league innings (12.55 K/9), and fanned at least one batter in 20 of his 27 MLB appearances...Was the only pitcher in the majors with at least 30 strikeouts and fewer than 25.0 IP...His 27 games were his most since appearing in 74 with Colorado in 2014. ..All four of his wins came at SunTrust Park…All three of his losses came on the road. ..Held lefties to a .216 batting average (8-for-37) with two extra-base hits….Struck out 16 of the 41 left-handed hitters he faced...Went a career best-tying 2.0 innings on 7/4 vs. HOU…All of his other 2.0-inning outings came in 2012.
Acquired by the Chicago Cubs from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for LHP Wander Cabrera on 11/25/15, but did not pitch after being released by Chicago on 3/12/16.
RexBrothers spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Albuquerque, going 5-2 with three saves and a 4.46 ERA (21 ER/42.1 IP) in 45 appearances ... he made 17 appearances with the Rockies, going 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA (2 ER/10.1 IP). With Albuquerque, he allowed just 27 hits in 42.1 innings but walked 44 batters, contributing to a 1.68 WHIP ... held righties to a .175 average (17-for- 97) while lefties batted .192 (10-for-52). Was recalled to Colorado, July 11, and made three appearances before returning to Albuquerque ... was recalled again, September 1, and did not allow a run in 14 appearances (7.2 IP) through the end of the season ... allowed just five hits and walked four batters in his second stint with the club.
Appeared in 74 games as a reliever, going 4-6 with a 5.59 ERA (56.1 IP, 35 ER)...his 74 games were one short of tying a career high (75 in 2012) and were second-most on the club...had sixth save opportunities and 15 holds...his 15 holds were second-most on the team...His 5.59 ERA was a career-high as were his six losses, after finishing 2013 with a career-best 1.74 ERA (67.1 IP, 13 ER)...Was his third straight season of at least 70 appearances...has pitched in 221 games since the start of 2012, tied for fourth-most among MLB pitchers during that span (Joel Peralta, 225)...is one of four pitchers to have three seasons of 70+ appearances since 2012...Pitched better in the first half of the season, going 3-4 with a 4.38 ERA (39.0 IP, 19 ER), 25 walks and 38 strikeouts in 46 games...at the All-Star break, was tied for fifth among MLB pitchers with 46 appearances, tied for third by a left-hander...Finished the season strong, having scoreless appearances in 10 of his final 11 games (5.2 IP, 11 H, 2 R-ER, BB, 4 K)...Tossed an "Immaculate Inning" June 14 at San Francisco in the eighth inning...struck out the side on nine pitches...was first such inning in Rockies history and 71st in Major League history...struck out the side three times this season (May 3 vs. New York - NL & June 9 vs. Atlanta)...Already ranks seventh on the Rockies all-time games pitched list with 269...trails Mike Munoz (300) for sixth on that list...his 61 career holds in a Rockies uniform is third, behind Steve Reed's 95 and Matt Belisle's 92.
Brothers had 32-straight scoreless outings (30.0 ip) from 4/10-6/28...his 32 consecutive scoreless appearances are the second-most by a Rockies pitcher trailing Mike Myers in 2000 who had 33-straight scoreless outings that spanned 17.2 innings...the 30.0 scoreless innings streak is second longest ever by a Rockie but longest by a Rockies reliever...the 30.0 inning scoreless streak was the longest in the National League this year, second longest in the Majors (Koji Uehara, 30.1 ip)... Received his first loss since 5/14/12 at SF on 9/6 at SD...had won previous nine decisions which spanned 119 games... His 0.91 ERA in the first half was the second-lowest ever by a Rockie with at least 30 games, trailing Mike Myers' 0.83 ERA in 2000 (37G, 21.2 IP)... Earned first save of 2013, and second career save (also: 8/23/11 vs. HOU) by tossing a scoreless ninth inning on 5/22 vs. ARI...would convert 19 of his 21 save opportunities (90.5%)...he went 0-1 with a 2.33 ERA (19.1 ip, 5 er) in the games he had a save opportunity... His 1.74 ERA (67.1 ip, 13 er) on the year over 72 games was the fourth-lowest among National League relievers...his ERA was also the lowest ever by a Rockies reliever in a single season... According to Elias, earned his ninth consecutive victory on 6/9 vs. SD (since May 2012) which matched the longest winning streak in Rockies history...shares the franchise record with Julian Tavarez (2000) and Ubaldo Jimenez (2010)...the Rockies, Marlins and Rays are the only current major-league franchises that have never had a pitcher post a winning streak of ten or more games.
Brothers finished the 2012 season with a team-high eight wins in his 75 appearances...his 3.86 ERA was the fifth-lowest among all Rockies relievers and his 75 appearances were second to only Belisle's 80. In his second season, Brothers struckout 83 batters, tied for the most among all Rockies pitchers with Drew Pomeranz,and most among Rox relievers...additionally, his 11.04 strikeout per 9.0 innings pitched was the highest mark on theteam...a mark that was 10th-highest among NL relievers this season. Held left-handed hitters to a .206 (21-for-102) average on the season, the third-lowest mark among Rockies pitchers in2012...his 41 strikeouts vs. left-handers were the most on the team and he allowed only six extra-base hits to lefties (1HR, 5 2B). From 8/1 to the end of the season, Brothers had a record of 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA (23.2 ip, 4 er), 12 walks and 24 strikeouts in 21 appearances. In his two seasons with the Rockies, Brothers has tallied 142 strikeouts compared to 57 walks in 108.1 innings...thatcomes to a 2.49 K/BB and an 11.8 K/9.0 IP, the eighth-best mark in the NL since 2011. Was optioned to Colorado Springs on 5/20, where he would stay until 6/2...made four appearances for the Sky Sox andhad a 1.69 ERA (5.1 ip, 1 er) with 13 strikeouts. From 6/2 through the end of the season, Brothers went 6-0 with a 3.27 ERA (52.1 ip, 19 er), 25 walks and 62 strikeoutsin 53 games. Owned a 5.35 ERA (35.1 ip, 21 er) in 38 games at Coors Field...posted a 2.23 ERA (32.1 ip, 8 er) in 37 games on theroad...four of the five home runs he allowed in 2012 were at Coors Field.
Spent the first two months of the season as a member of the Triple-A Colorado Springs bullpen and was brought to theMajors 6/4, where he would spend the remainder of 2011 in the Rockies bullpen...Went 1-2 with a 2.88 ERA (40.2 ip, 13 er), 20 walks, 59 strikeouts and a .217 opponent average in 48 games as a rookie...Among NL rookie relievers to make at least 45 appearances, Brothers ranked in the top-10 in several categories, including ERA (6th), opponents batting average (5th), strikeouts (5th), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (3rd, 13.06) and holds (2nd,16)...only teammate Matt Reynolds had more holds (18) among NL rookie relievers...Brothers became more productive as the season went on, as his ERA decreased (or stayed the same) in each of thefour months he pitched...he owned a 3.86 ERA in June, 3.18 ERA in both July and August and a 1.04 ERA in September...Following the All-Star break, Brothers proved to be one of the National League's most productive relievers, as he hadthe fourth-most strikeouts (43) and ninth-lowest opponents' batting average (.190) after the break...The left-hander finished strong, allowing just eight hits (.143 avg, 8-for-56) with 6 walks and 24 strikeouts over his last19 outings (16.1 ip), from 8/9 through the end of the season...owned a 0.55 ERA (16.1 ip, 1 er) from 8/9 through theend of the season, a period during which he pitched as one of the Rockies set-up men...Had 12 consecutive scoreless appearances with 15 strikeouts from 6/20-7/18...in the 10.0 ip allowed just seven hits(.194 average, 7-for-36)...had 9.2 scoreless inning streak with 13 strikeouts 8/9-9/3 (11 appearances)...Went 3-2 with a 2.89 ERA (28.0 ip, 9 er), 15 walks and 45 strikeouts in 25 outings for the Sky Sox prior his recall...Was named the Pacific Coast League's 10th-best prospect by Baseball America following the 2011 season
Began the season with High-A Modesto where he was a late-inning reliever...posted a record of 0-2, 2.68(37.0 ip, 11 er) with three saves in 33 appearances for the Nuts before being promoted to Double-A Tulsain late June...Held opponents to a .165 (20-for-121) average, the lowest mark among all Modesto pitchers...In his final 14 appearances for Tulsa allowed just 2 earned runs in 14.0 innings pitched (1.29 ERA) allowingjust 6 walks while striking out 18...Struckout 5 hitters twice, both coming in 2.0 innings outings...first came 5/19 with Modesto, while the secondcame 8/8 with Tulsa...Played for Scottsdale of the Arizona Fall League where he went 1-0, 4.09 (11.0 ip, 5 er) in 9 appearancesfor the Scorpions...was named an AFL Rising Star at the end of the season...Named by Baseball America as the Rockies seventh-best prospect following the season.
Split his first professional season between Tri-City and Asheville...was the Rockies only 2009draft pick to pitch for a full season league in 2009...went 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA (10.2 ip, 4 er) in 8 games withTri-City before being moved up...also owned a 3.38 ERA (10.2 ip, 4 er) in 9 games with the Tourists...struckouta total of 28 batters in 21.1 innings between the two stops...following the season was rated the eighthbestprospect in the Rockies organization by Baseball America.